- 3-1/2 pounds ground ham
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) tomato soup, undiluted
- 3/4 cup vinegar
- 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Using a 1/3 cup measure, shape mixture into 2-in. balls. Place in two large shallow roasting pans. Combine all remaining ingredients; pour over balls. Bake at 325° for 1 hour, basting frequently with sauce. Yield: about 15 servings.
Medium-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer
Reviews for Iowa Ham Balls
"TOH......is the calories really over 600 calories for one two inch ball? Thanks"
"Well first off we live in Georgia so not sure if we are drawn to the same spice as this was WAY to sweet for our liking. We went with the ground turkey and a slice and serve ham that I ground myself. Also the texture was a lot looser than I expected. It just didn't have that snap that a good meatball has. I would give this a 2 1/2 star meaning it was ok. It was edible but not enjoyable for us."
"Well living in Phoenix now for two decades nothing helps cure homesick at holidays like back in Iowa Ham balls (grandma famous stuff yourself family favorite) all I can say is in IOWA we DONT USE BEEF but correctly ground pork (shoulder) but I do like this version with more egg than grandma's. Also if you want balls a bit less sweet is to substitue one cup Ritz crackers for one cup graham crackers. Crisler/favorite side to use the extra gravy on top of cream cheese loaded mashed potatoes..YUM!"
"Wow this was a hit at my Easter family gathering. The hard part of the recipe is expecting the butcher to grind up a ham, well I learned they don't. So I used my Kitchenaid attachment to grind meat and it worked perfectly. I cooked the meatballs in the oven in glasspans ahead of time. The day of the party I transferred them to a slow cooker and made more sauce to add to the slow cooker. I did change the recipe and did not use as much sugar. I think I used 1.5 cups instead of the 2.5 cups. I also substituted the ground beef with ground turkey instead."
"Reminds me of when I ws a child!"
"Super easy and great for a crowd. I buy ground ham in the tube, but you can buy a boneless ham and have your butcher grind it if you have the time.A friend of mine from church brought this over to our home when my husband had transplant surgery. It was new to all of us and I have to admit, we all gave it an eyebrow raise...and then we tasted them. This recipe will leave you licking your plate clean and don't be suprised if you find yourself having a serious craving for ham balls. WONDERFUL!!"
"I only made 1/2 of the sauce because I only had 1 can of tomato soup and it was still fine, in fact my husband liked them not so saucey."
"What a wonderful, budget friendly recipe. I used apple cider vinegar with 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar. Also great use for leftover ham!"
"WOW!!!!!AWESOME HAM BALLS!!!!"
This is a similar recipe from Taste of Home Aug./Sept. 1999 issue. I've made it many times, sometimes for company, and it's wonderful! Instead of shaping into 1/2 cup loaves, I pack the mixture into 1/2 cup stainless steel measuring cup, then I place them in 9 x 13 glass baking dish. -motherof dogs
Miniature Ham Loaves
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 22 squares)
- 1-1/4 pounds ground fully cooked ham
- 1-1/4 pounds bulk pork sausage
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- In a bowl, combine eggs, milk and cracker crumbs; mix well. Add ham
- and sausage. Shape 1/2 cupfuls into individual loaves. Place in a
- greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the soup, brown sugar,
- vinegar and mustard; mix well. Pour over loaves. Bake, uncovered, at
- 350° for 1 hour, basting after 30 minutes. Yield: 12-14